When designing your outdoor space there are many options to consider. Many of our clients are interested in extending the living space of their home by creating a defined living space outside. This is often done with standing structures such as Pergolas, Gazebos, Covered Patios, or Arbors.
When selecting the right structure, you must first consider how you will live in this space. Are you interested in full shade coverage? Are you looking to install an entrainment system that may include a TV and surround sound? Are you looking to support climbing plants at your garden entrance? Are you looking for an open and airy structure to will provide shade?
While these structures can range in any size and style you can imagine, there are some basic ground rules that can help you identify the difference of each.
The typical Pergola design includes four standing columns and a crossbeam roof in a lattice style. Often built as a single structure, they can also be attached to the main property on one side. The open design of the pergola defines the outdoor space while allowing for views from all angles. It is a common misconception that the lattice roof does not provide adequate shade. This is not true. In fact, a pergola is a great option for shading your outdoor location.
Covered patios are often attached to the main property and are complete with a full roof. The full roof allows for coverage from the elements which means this is a great option for building outdoor living spaces that may include technology. For example, if you are interested in building an outdoor living space that might include a TV and surround sound, this would be the perfect fit.
If you are looking for full coverage from the elements than the gazebo is a great option. More commonly built in a round or octagonal shape, these are free-standing structures that are built with multiple pillars and a pitched roof. Gazebos can come in a variety of styles and can include detailed latticework between each pillar, or in some cases, Victorian-style roofs. Gazebos are a great way to customize your outdoor space with a unique and personalized location for dining, relaxing, or visiting with family and friends.
Often confused with the pergola, the arbor is built in a similar fashion but is half the size of a full pergola. A classic arbor is built as a freestanding structure with two sides or pillars that are completed by a trellis-like arch on top. These are often used as an entryway into a garden or yard and are commonly used to support climbing plants that eventually grow over the archway. Some more elaborate arbors can include a bench or small sitting area.